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Volleyball Teams Showcase Skill at Summer League

La Cañada Spartans and Flintridge Sacred Heart Tologs test their potential fall rotations on the court.

July 19, 2007|By Parimal M. Rohit

La Cañada High School and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy both traveled to Pasadena Polytechnic last Thursday to participate in summer league volleyball action.

Playing in a rally-scored best-of-three match, the Tologs faced-off against the Maranatha Minutemen of Pasadena, while the Spartans played against the Apaches of Arcadia High School.

Senior Tolog Katie Condon led her team to a two-set sweep over Maranatha, as Flintridge Sacred Heart won 21-13, 21-12.

Condon rebuffed many good blocks and returned volleys with killer strikes. When she did not strike, she pushed her teammates to play hard, being the vocal team leader who encouraged her teammates, even after bad plays.

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Sophomore Marcy Schroeder helped Condon, as both players made an impenetrable front line that broke open the first game.

After an 11-11 tie, the Minutemen had four hits without clearing the net. The Tologs capitalized, scoring the next five points.

Maranatha called a time-out, and forced a side-out to score a point, but they could not regain enough momentum to overcome the Condon-Schroeder frontline.

In the second set, the Tologs struggled early, as the Minutemen jumped out to a 5-2 lead.

But Condon stepped up again, as her teammates fed her sets to kill, for which Maranatha had no answer — and the Tologs took the lead 6-5.

The Tologs took control of the second match, led by the strong defense of Schroeder, who blocked three spikes on one rally, extending the Tolog lead to 13-8.

After Condon made yet another strike, the Tologs led 18-12, and the Lady Minutemen never got any closer. In fact, after Maranatha cut the lead to 15-12, Condon led the Tologs to score the final six points of the set, and never allowed another side-out in the process.

Tologs Head Coach Shelli Ovlandini commended her players, saying the girls played a great game.

"Katie played a very solid game today," She said of Condon, who will be attending UC San Diego after she graduates in June. As to the roster outlook for FSHA during the regular season, expect to see the same players.

"I do not anticipate any changes to the roster," Ovlandini said.

Minutemen Head Coach Ralph Rives and Bill Larew commended the Tologs. "Flintridge has some tall players and they are tough to play against," Larew said. "With such tall players and a roster full of girls playing at the club level, their coach is very fortunate.

"We did the best we could do against them," Larew added.

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